COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (KSAZ)
A man who had been trapped in his car for three days after it crashed on a Central Arizona mountain was rescued all thanks to one family having a picnic.
Fox 10's Danielle Miller spoke with the family, now credited with saving the man’s life.
The family spotted the man’s car Friday while on a picnic.
They tell us they never go to this area, but for some reason they just chose to do so that day.
Luckily, they were at the right place at the right time.
"There's a good possibility that if my daughter hadn't of seen it, maybe we would have drove by too because it's kind of tucked down below," said Josh Schreiner.
It was Friday when Josh Schreiner, his wife, two daughters and parents decided to go have a picnic at Mingus Mountain near Cottonwood.
They were also out taking some photos.
"We got around this small curve, way up in the mountains and my granddaughter Emma said basically, there's a car down at the bottom," said Dale Schreiner.
That car, Josh's father, Dale Schreiner, says looked out of place.
"We never go down and look at vehicles, normally they're rusted, they have shotgun holes in it, and bullet holes, but this time my son says we ought to check this out."
When the family drove down to check the car out....they were shocked by what they found.
The family found a mangled SUV with a man inside who was badly bruised, suffering from broken bones and in desperate need of help.
"He was in bad shape,” Dale said. “I asked him if anyone was with him, he said no and I asked him how long has he been there and he said 3 days. He had you know, he was covered with bites and everything else."
The family called 911 and paramedics rushed to the scene and took the man to the hospital.
Josh says this experience taught the entire family a valuable lesson...they're now hoping to pass on.
"Don't ever live your life on a wonder. If you think, hey it looks like there could be someone down there check it out, go down there and take a look at it."
The Schreiners say the first responders from all of the various agencies were the true heroes in this case.
The man who was stuck in the vehicle was airlifted to the Flagstaff Medical Center where he is still recovering from his injuries.